Choose a Training Provider
Once you have decided which Apprenticeship that you wish to offer it is time to choose your training provider. There are many different training providers available but they broadly fall into two categories – further education colleges and private training providers. They both offer the same government funded Apprenticeships and it is not a question of choosing the “type” of training provider, rather choosing the training provider that provides an Apprenticeship that matches your requirements.
You can use the ALPHI Apprenticeship Providers tool to identify the training providers in your area that offer the Apprenticeship type that you want. Simply use the drop down menu to select your area and the occupational area that you think you would like to offer. The tool will then identify all of the providers that offer that Apprenticeship area with links to their websites. You can then take a look at the website, email or call them for a chat.
You can also find out information about training providers in your area and on their success rates in delivering Apprenticeships
Different providers will deliver the same Apprenticeship in different ways. Some will offer day or block release (the apprentice goes off your site for a day a week or a week at a time to do classroom based learning) with others providing all training at your premises and only occasionally requiring the apprentice to train off site. You can decide which best suits your way of working.
It is entirely up to you which training provider that you choose. What is important is that you feel comfortable with your choice and that you have a rapport with the training provider staff that you meet. You are going to work closely with them over the coming years and so you need to be able to have a good working relationship with them.
Once you have selected your training provider then they will support you through the rest of the Apprenticeship process. They will also be responsible for dealing with any administration around the Apprenticeship, including obtaining the government funding to pay for your apprentice’s training, so that you can get on with your day job!